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Record Number: 1042


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'As a young South Wales miner, Edmund Stonelake, who had never heard of the French Revolution, asked a bookseller for something on the subject and was sold Carlyle. At first it was hard reading, but eventually he extracted an entire political education from its pages: "I learned...of the great and lasting influence the Revolution had on peoples and countries struggling to establish democratic principles in Government in various parts of the world".'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

unknown

Country:

Wales

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Edmund Stonelake

Age:

Unknown

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

1876

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

miner

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

Wales

Country of Experience:

Wales

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Title:

n/a

Genre:

Politics, Unknown

Form of Text:

Print: Book, Unknown

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

1042

Source:

Print

Author:

Jonathan Rose

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

Place of Publication:

n/a

Date of Publication:

2001

Vol:

n/a

Page:

43-4

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2001), p. 43-4, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=1042, accessed: 02 December 2022


Additional Comments:

See Edmund Stonelake, 'The Autobiography of Edmund Stonelake' (ed. Anthony Mo-O'Brien (Bridgend, 1981) pp.57-8

   
   
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